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01:26pm 18/06/2013
So, lately there's been a lot of talk about the upcoming Disney movie Frozen on Tumblr, most likely due to the release of the teaser trailer.

People seem to be pretty annoyed by the movie as a whole so far, for varying reasons. Honestly, I can't blame them. I've had a bad feeling about this movie since the first concept arts were released. I'm giving it a chance, but so far there are some things that I'm already going to have a hard time forgiving.

Admittedly my first qualm with the film so far, just going off of the teasers and concept art that have been released, is the frankly lazy character design. The main lead of the film, Anna, has been criticized pretty harshly as being nearly a carbon copy of Rapunzel from Tangled.
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And this is not only me. Most of the people in the Frozen tag on Tumblr, whether they support the film or not, will admit that the two characters look despicably similar. Usually I'd write this off to Disney samefacing their princesses as they always have, but especially after Wreck-It Ralph it's clear that Disney's digital animation studios have so much more potential. You also have to remember that the CGI film industry is very different from the 2D animation industry in terms of style; Pixar has set the bar extremely high from the very beginning, and any other production company wouldn't be able to get away with the laziness of these character designs.
Another complaint that I've heard concerning this film is that the main cast is strikingly similar to the cast of Tangled as well. Both have a rougish, handsome young love interest, a horse (or reindeer, in this case) that acts like a dog, and a cute but mostly useless sidekick. And honestly? This scares me. I hate Tangled, both visually and plot-wise, and the last thing I want is for this film to end up being its carbon copy.

Another issue that I've seen with this movie so far is the changes that have been made from the original story.
Don't get me wrong, I understand that when a story is adapted into a movie it's not always possible to be completely true to the source material. I get it. Some changes have to be made. That's not what bugs me. What bugs me is the changes that were made. Particularly from a feminist standpoint.

In the original story, Gerda (who is renamed Anna in this movie because who the fuck knows) has to go on a journey to save her brother, who is cursed by the Ice Queen. That's pretty cool! A girl being the hero, and rescuing a boy in peril? Nice! Unfortunately, in this movie the brother is booted from the picture entirely and Anna has to go on a quest to save herself.
Honestly, just that by itself would be fine, but the fact that it's replacing such a heroic and powerful female role is just disheartening.

Another change from the original story is the addition of Anna's travel companions. In the original story, one of the bigger characters is a robber girl who helps Gerda escape after having been captured, and many of the other characters are female. There is no love interest in sight. In this movie, Anna needs three male companions to help her along the way.

I don't know. I have a lot more to talk about, but I have to leave for work in five minutes. There may be a part 2 to this, if I feel like it.
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01:52am 24/05/2013
I haven't made a proper blog post in a while, so I figured I'd make a quick one.
For some reason, recently I've gotten into the 2012 version of Frankenweenie. The animated Tim Burton one. I saw it months ago at the cheap seats, but I didn't really like it very much at the time. For whatever reason. Part of me suspects that I was still in the Wreck-It Ralph fandom at the time, and maybe that distracted me from joining any other fandoms. But whatever.

Frankenweenie is another one of those movies that I have sort of a love-hate relationship with.
I like to talk about movies that I have a love-hate relationship with.
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But yeah.
In general, I actually think this one is worth watching. The animation is gorgeous and the characters are absolutely adorable... the ending is just a little painful.

I'm in this uncomfortable position where I want to draw shipping art of some of the characters, but they're all like 10 years old. I don't want to age them up, either. It's not like I'll be drawing anything but fluff, but it still feels a little awkward to be shipping characters that are just cute little kids. Even if they act nothing like kids. Argh! I shouldn't be conflicted about this. Shota/Loli is all over the internet, I just... ugh, I don't like the thought of it.

On that creepy note, I'll make my exit.
mood: naughtynaughty
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Character Variation in Media  
03:06pm 15/01/2013
So I just read a lovely bit of writing on Tumblr that has me really fired up to talk about the issue of race, especially when it comes to character design. You can read it here if you like. The person who wrote it is many times more coherent than me.

While I'm definitely not a proponent of trying to make everything politically correct, I honestly feel like the whitewashing of characters in media, especially childrens' media, is not only a social issue but a design issue. It's pitiful how overwhelmingly white everything still is.

And you know, I think that the solution isn't to bash things with all-white casts, or to attack certain famous webcomic writers for making a character a race that you didn't want. Negativity and venom, especially in this particular case, isn't going to help anything. I feel like, especially as writers and artists and fans, we should just do our best to create varied casts and commend others for making varied casts.

Honestly, I don't know how some artists and character designers can go without including characters with different skin colors, body types, etc.

OKay, scratch that, I can totally understand. A lot of us were raised in areas that are oppressively all-white, or with all-white media, or with parents or teachers or authority figures that told you that there's only one way to be. I understand that for some people the possibility of a varied cast doesn't even enter their mind until someone brings it up. They often don't even have any problem with it, they jut never thought of it. And that's a side effect of our culture, not the individuals being jackasses.

I guess what I mean to say is how do people RESIST designing characters with varied skin colors and body types and facial features and backgrounds? It just seems like such a wasted opportunity to me... purely from a design standpoint, different skin tones can make really gorgeous color combinations and I honestly think that really deep dark skin tones can put emphasis on the eyes beautifully and aksdnalndln
And don't even get me started on skin color+hair color combinations.

Now, here's the catch on this whole thing.
And sort of the reason why I actually made a whole blog post about this topic.
Because all of my blog posts have to be ranty.
I've seen a lot of people with POC characters getting bashed on tumblr. And not because their characters are racist or offensive, but because their characters "don't act like black people" or "aren't black enough". And honestly this pisses me right off, but it also makes me really wary about actually putting my POC characters out there at all. The people who make this complaint never really explain themselves very well, usually saying little more than "she acts like a white girl with black skin", so I don't know what do do to fix the problem. Because how do you make a character "act black" without making them a horrible stereotype? Why does it have to be a big deal what skin color a character has? Why does it have to affect their personality to some great extent?

I don't really have an ending thought. So I'll just leave it abruptly here.
mood: contemplativecontemplative
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Hotel Transylvania AKA Awkward dancing scenes the movie  
11:35pm 02/01/2013
I went to see the movie "Hotel Transylvania" at the cheap seats today. I was pretty excited for it when it first came out, but I didn't see it right away because I was afraid that it would be sorta dumb. And it was, so I guess I made a good judgement.

Don't get me wrong, I really loved it and I'm planning on buying it when it comes out on DVD!
But it's one of those movies where I only like it as much as I do because it happens to have certain elements that I have a weakness for. I could totally and completely understand if someone really hated it. I might even agree with most of what they have to say about it. I have my share of qualms with it, and I might even cover some of them in this post.

This movie is definitely a "guilty pleasure" type of movie for me.
I'll go over what I liked about it, what I disliked about it, and what I would change about it under the cut. Because I want to avoid spoilers, even though there isn't much to spoil in this particular movie.Collapse )
I wrote way too much here. Ugh.
Still. Final verdict: I thought it was really cute and I loved it despite its faults, but I'm warning you to not trust my opinion.
Because, judging by the amount of fan material it has, nobody but me really liked it that much. :C
mood: chipperchipper
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It's Christmas, get a job!  
05:07pm 25/12/2012
Merry Christmas, blog!
I'll cover the very basics first; Christmas was awesome, there was a lot of great food and gifts to be had. I got a bunch of awesome Wreck-it Ralph stuff, most notably the art book with all of the awesome concept art inside, as well as some art supplies. I wish I would have been able to participate in more advent days (I only got to do one of the four), but that's the price I pay for having a job. Thankfully, I have the next week to take it easy before my next semester at school starts.

I recently got an email from one of the math teachers at my school saying that he'd be interested in having me design and illustrate the cover of the February issue of their education magazine. I have to get the final illustration to him by the 18th of January. It's sorta scary, but sorta exciting too. My first REAL job. Like, doing the kind of thing that I hope to eventually be doing for a living. This is a huge chance for me to get my name out there, not to mention to maybe make a little cash on the side.

I'm really nervous, but really excited. I hope this goes well.
mood: ditzyditzy
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Video Game Musings  
02:10am 19/12/2012
Whenever someone tries to argue that video games aren't proper art mediums/storytelling formats/etc I become a mixture of livid and perplexed because HELLO, have you ever played a proper video game before? I feel like, especially if you are passionate about art and storytelling in any way, you wouldn't be able to ignore how amazing video games are as a medium.

I'd even go out on a limb and say that Video Games are potentially a BETTER medium than something like books or movies. I'd certainly say that I become attached to characters in video games much more easily than I do to movie characters, and I tend to like them for much longer, too. Maybe it has something to do with directly controlling the character and having a say in the plot, or maybe just spending hours on end with the same character makes it easier to like them.

Just because I feel like it, here are my favorite Video Games in no particular order:
Resident Evil 4
Alice: The Madness Returns
Deadly Premonition

All of them are plot and character-driven. I really like plot-driven games, and I don't really have any interest at all in games where there's little/no plot. Like, while there are certainly exceptions, I don't particularly like racing games or Arcade-style fighting games or massive multiplayer games. It has to be a one-on-one story with a somewhat coherent plot for me to fall in love with it.

But I think that the best example that I can think of for artistic game design and storytelling is Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The levels of complexity in the story, not to mention the art design and atmospheric gameplay, make it a much more rewarding experience than 100% of the pissy, shallow horror movies that are released nowadays.

I just wanted to make a post about video games because I've been having a lot of feels about them lately.
Plus, I have a big project that I should be working on. And I can't be doing that.

mood: tiredtired
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Talk about near-death experiences!  
02:46am 13/12/2012
I just wanted to take a quick post regarding something that bugs me whenever I look for Resident Evil 4 stuff online.

I LOVE Resident Evil 4. It's one of my favorite games, and I've played it through countless times. In my opinion, it's just the right balance of extreme cheesiness, creative creepy imagery and simple, fun gameplay. Honestly, It's the perfect spooky-but-funny B-movie game.

I'm attached to every single character in one way or another, so it makes me sad to see that one of my favorite characters is hated on SO MUCH in the fandom. I sort of understand finding Ashley annoying; it's a pain in the ass at first to protect her all the time, she sometimes gets you killed, her screaming can get a little shrill and repetitive, and she doesn't help fight the ganados. But seeing people saying that she's a demanding brat, and that she's a whiner and a coward and a loathsome bitch that should have died is just... troubling.

A little background: Ashley Graham is the president's teenage daughter who has been kidnapped, held captive by parasite-monster-people, injected with one of the parasites that will turn her into a parasite-monster-person, led through the dark by Leon with the constant threat of being re-captured or killed, and recaptured/wounded/maimed multiple times. SHE HAS EVERY FUCKING RIGHT TO BE SCARED. She's not even as scared as she should be. While she does scream when she's hit/captured, otherwise she's rather calm and helpful (with a few exceptions). I'm astounded by just how gutsy she is at times.
What I don't think these people understand is that... Ashley is the President's daughter. She's probably lived a privileged life, with 0 possibility of danger. And suddenly she's tossed into this incredibly terrifying and dangerous situation, where death could come and literally any second and her only protection is a girly boy with his hair in his eyes. Anybody else in her situation would be freaking out, but she remains relatively calm and logical. Not only that, but with the exception of one minor breakdown she's sweet and nice through it all. And even in that incident, she apologizes for freaking out on Leon and they make up and it's really cute.

I just... Ugh, I want to come up with some sort of deep social meaning for why it's troubling that people seem to hate her so vehemently, but when it comes down to it i'm just getting defensive because I love her so much. I love that she's so sweet, and I love that she learns to help leon out more and more as the story progresses, and I love how you can play as her at one point and I just love the level of involvement she has in the game. Would I like to be protecting her throughout the entire game? Haha no. But the parts that she is in, especially after I've learned how to play the game better, are just as enjoyable I think.

I should be sleeping right now, but NOPE it's time to post rants that nobody will read.
mood: contentcontent
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How to Fix ROTG  
01:48am 11/12/2012
I made a post a while back about the movie "Rise of the Guardians" and why I was untimately disappointed with it
and since then I've had sort of a love/hate relationship with it, going so far as to actually draw fanart for it.

Rise of the Guardians just really seems to get under my skin, and I think it's because it did have all kinds of potential but it totally blew it. And I was actually really excited for it since the first time I figured out about it. I was far more excited to see it than I was to see Wreck-It Ralph. The trailers built it up to be epic and fun, and the guardian designs were clever and self-aware. It was advertised as a story about how the kickass Santa and the gorgeous Toothfairy and the adorable Sandman and the admittedly creepy but still pretty cool Easter Bunny protect the children of the world.

Unfortunately, that's totally not what it was.
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So, in short: Get rid of Jack Frost and most of the kid scenes, focus on developing all of the other characters.
mood: nervousnervous
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50 Shades of Bullshit  
11:58pm 04/12/2012
I know I've ragged on this before but someone brought it up on my tumblr dash and it got me fucking angry again.
I'm gonna get sweary and ranty, so hide your kids and your wives.

Fifty Shades of Gray.
It's porn. It's silly. It's poorly written. It's dumb. It's literally Twilight fanfiction.
I can definitely understand disliking it. I can understand finding it annoying, and even insulting. I can understand being spiteful towards it because of how well it's doing despite being trash. Hell, I don't even have any interest in reading the damn thing, save for a couple of passages that are particularly funny.

When I start getting annoyed is when people rag against it because it depicts an "abusive relationship".
I'm talking about this shit.

First, I can't stand how high-and-mighty these people act about their kink. I'm into BDSM and I can't stand it.
BDSM mantra? No, how about fuck you.

The book is a fucking porno, not an instruction manual. The writer is not trying to tell you how to be in a BDSM relationship.
It's 100% fantasy, and everyone with a brain in their skull realizes that.
These women know that Christian is an abusive asshole, and you know what? They like it. Because he's a fictional character who fufils their fantasy in a safe way, and not a real person that we actually have to fucking worry about. How about you let them safely enjoy their kink and stop fucking shaming them for enjoying it?

And while I agree that something like this could be harmful in a book like Twilight, there's a big fucking difference between the two.
Twilight is trying to send its readers a moral message between indulgent romantic fantasies.
50 Shades is trying to get its readers off... presumably also between indulgent romantic fantasies.

It's absolutely no worse than ALL of the rest of the porn in the world
(In fact it's arguably better because it's written by a woman for women)
and you gals acting like it's different in any way
Is fuckin' ridiculous

mood: angryangry
music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aataTbxlWeM
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Rise of the Guardians, and why it was no Wreck-it Ralph  
02:25pm 23/11/2012
So, I figured I'd post this here instead of tumblr because I'm terrified of tumblr still, but I want to get my feels out. QAQ
There might be spoilers for both movies, so I'll give a cut once that kind of thing starts.

I don't know if I have any actual basis of comparing these movies; there's really no connection between them aside from their releases being sort of close together and the fact that they're both animated. But my mind connected them for some reason. Probably because I saw them within a month of each other. And I never do that with new releases. Like ever.

I'll just cover my basic opinions about them; Wreck-it Ralph was absolutely amazing. I could devote this whole post to explaining why, but I won't.
Rise of the Guardians was okay. It wasn't on par with Wreck-it Ralph and Rango and Ratatouille and my other favorite animated films, but It wasn't anywhere near as awful as The Lorax. It's at about the same level for me as Brave. Like, It was riddled with issues but at least they tried.
But anyways. Moving on to WHY I wasn't super impressed with it.

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I could go on and on about this, but I have to go to work soon so I'll just leave it at this.
mood: bitchybitchy
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